UUCS Religious Education Classes

Sybil Argintar, Director of Religious Education at dre@uucs.org

 

Classes meet on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

First Sundays of the month will include ‘A Time for All Ages’ in the sanctuary, followed by classroom lessons.

Children and youth should proceed directly to their classrooms. Children and youth will have their own gathering time and chalice lighting in their classrooms.

All children and youth should be signed in and out of their classrooms by a parent or guardian.

Description of Curriculums 2018 to 2019

The theme for our religious education program this year is Principles and Practices. We will continue to explore what our principles mean and how we can draw upon them in our everyday lives.

 

Infant through 3K

Childcare will be provided by our trained staff, Becky and Sheren, every Sunday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

 

4K to 5K

We Are Many, We Are One
Children explore with their minds, bodies, and emotions to help develop their sense of identity and self-esteem within their UU community and world. Children will learn about their religious community as well as expressing their own uniqueness. Typical lesson themes include how each of us is important; caring for earth’s plants and animals; how we are the same and different; all kinds of families; holidays and how we learn from each other.

 

First to Second Grades

Picture Book UU
Each lesson will focus upon a story book related to a UU principle or holiday. Each story is followed by an activity such as a game or art project. Some of the stories that are part of this curriculum include Old Turtle; Owen and Mzee; Stone Soup; Grandad’s Prayers of the Earth; On the Night You Were Born; The Keeping Quilt; All I See Is Part of Me; and Summer Solstice.

 

Third to Fifth Grades

Holidays and Holy Days
Our UU principles and values are emphasized throughout this new revised program that teaches about religious and secular holidays around the world. For example, our 1st and 2nd principles are shown in our celebration of Father’s Day and World Friendship Day, where we celebrate each person as special and strive to treat all people kindly and with friendship.

 

Sixth to Twelfth Grades

The New You the Creator
The primary focus of this curriculum is the empowerment of youth to be the creators of good in the world. Each lesson is very hands-on, including meditation and many ways to be artistically creative. The understanding of spirituality and our individual creativity is presented through themes such as Religion and Creativity, Religion and Creative Arts, Creativity and Self, Creating Community, Creativity for All and Yes You Can. Lessons just might include things like building bridges with marshmallows and spaghetti.

 

Seventh to Tenth Grades Special Program

OWL–Our Whole Lives Human Sexuality Program
January and February 2019 with the Greenville UU Church
We will join with the youth of the Greenville church over several weekends, outside of our regular curriculum. Weekend sessions will run from Friday 6 p.m. through Saturday 3 p.m. Youth will stay overnight.

Dates are January 18—19; February 1—2; and February 15—16.
There will be a cost for this program, of $75 per youth. Scholarships are available.

This program, developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ, focuses upon the role that sexuality plays in our everyday lives. While the program teaches basic biology its main focus is within the context of our Unitarian Universalist principles, emphasizing respectful treatment of others, an understanding of gender identity and the many ways we love and partner, how the media treats sexuality, healthy and unhealthy relationships, and personal responsibilities. There will be a required parent orientation in Greenville for all families on January 13 at 12:30 p.m. This program will be led by trained facilitators.